Happy News Items: Arjun Kapoor’s Body to Karan’s Twins

I am continuing my attempt to not let the weather get me down (I think I may need to pay gobs of money for last minute tickets to Florida or something. February in Chicago is REALLY REALLY HARD). So, here are news items that are completely unimportant and yet make me smile! Smile along with me!

Arjun Kapoor work out pic

Look, it’s Arjun Kapoor showing off his work-out body!!!! That’s it really, just makes me happy. (sorry, embed isn’t working, but worth clicking the links!)


And again!


AR Rahman and His Daughter Are Awesome

Rahman’s daughter Khatija chooses to wear a Niqab, which was noticed in a recent public appearance where she introduced her father. People got their panties in a twist about it, and Khatija responded by putting up a nice post saying her choice, none of our business, and certainly nothing to do with her father, she wears what she wants, he doesn’t control her, and aren’t you all feeling stupid for assuming he does?

Rahman didn’t even waste that much time on it, just posted a photo of his wife (wearing a loose head scarf) his other daughter Sairaa (wearing no head covering at all) and Khatija in a Niqab. See, internet idiots? It is possible for 3 women in the same family to have completely different personal preferences and choices for the clothes they wear, and all it means is that they are different people.

Alia is All Kinds of Classy About Kangana

You ready for Alia’s response to Kangana’s scattershot “I responded to Alia sending me the Raazi trailer and she hasn’t said anything about Manikarnika” attack?

I hope she likes me. I don’t think I’ve done anything to upset her. If I have, I will apologize to her. She is very outspoken and it takes very tremendous courage to be like that. I wasn’t aware I had upset her


Ha! “very outspoken” and “I wasn’t aware I had upset her”. Alia is so taking the high road and putting it in Kangana’s court. Very smart Alia, love it.

Karan’s Twins Turn Two, Cute Photos

That’s it, that’s the whole story. Here are photos:

Varun Dhawan joins birthday celebrations of Karan Johar's twins Yash and Roohi
Varun Dhawan joins birthday celebrations of Karan Johar's twins Yash and Roohi
Varun Dhawan joins birthday celebrations of Karan Johar's twins Yash and Roohi

Click link below to see Karan singing Happy Birthday and the twins clapping at the end:


18 thoughts on “Happy News Items: Arjun Kapoor’s Body to Karan’s Twins

  1. 1. Love A R Rahman’s response, just a picture telling the true fact and nothing else

    2. Now eagerly awaiting Kangana’s reply to Alia’s quote, that should be something

    3. Karan is going to spoil those kids rotten and I love it! And that Varun pictures are so adorable! I love it that all of Karan’s friends are like honorary Uncles and Aunties and cousins to them. They’ll certainly have a big family of good people looking out for them.


    • 1. Yes! All he did was add the hashtag, otherwise it’s just a photo of the women in his family.

      2. Yeah, she’s either going to come off as super nutso and rude in response, or she will have to do some kind of awkward apology about it. Alia kind of boxed her in!

      3. I love photos of Varun with the kids! He looks so serious and mature and loving, totally different than his usual photo look. He really does see them as his little siblings. And yes, love that Karan has so much support and love around him, a nice public example of how “single father” can be a wonderful way for kids to grow up.

      On Thu, Feb 7, 2019 at 12:31 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:



    • I’ve also noticed that Arjun is in the gym lately and I’m also smiling. He’s not a bad dancer and the little action he’s done so far he’s also just OK, but I do have faith that he might do well in the historical battle sequences. He has a “warrior” body, though I’d still like a bit less bulk overall, muscle or not. Am I way too picky? Honestly, just that creepy/sexy smile always does it for me! Can’t wait to see his chemistry with Kriti, too.


      • I really hope they lean into the creepy/sexy smile thing for his role! I am sick of this perfect spiritual above it all warrior heroes, I wouldn’t mind one that has a bit of a manic edge, just for variety.


  2. My son had the same white-blue jumper! Of course the ones Karan’s kids are wearing are 100x more expensive but at least I can say my son wore it first 😉


  3. I’m always the last one to know gossips and stuff so I’m sure everybody already know this, but I just discovered Vijay Devarakonda has white girlfriend (her name’s Virginie and she’s Belgian). This news makes me happier than it should 🙂 I hope she will write a book how she made it!


    • Is this when I am supposed to remind you that you already have a husband? Even if she writes a book with handy tips, it may not be something you can put in practice.

      I, on the other hand, am a completely free agent! Prabhas! I’m right here!

      On Thu, Feb 7, 2019 at 2:40 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:



      • WHATTTTT.
        I CANT. I have been shipping Vijay and Sai Pallavi ever since I found out that they were both Sai people.
        Question is how did they meet?


        • I got nothing! I can’t find anything in Vijay’s history to say he was in Europe. Maybe she is one of those Europeans who did a study abroad in India? Or has a job over there?


        • I only know that she has a cameo in Pelli choopulu (she is the girl who gives Vijay 500 Rs cheque for his youtube videos). I read they met there and are together since then, but maybe she had this cameo because they were already together? In fact I rewatched this scene now and he looks at her with so much love.


  4. I am very torn over the niqab issue. Of course, women should wear whatever the heck they want to wear….but Salman Rushdie has a very interesting position on the niqab. He says that “Muslim women in the free world who voluntarily cover their faces are abetting the oppression of women in places where they have no choice.”

    Should a woman freely wear the niqab, knowing that she might be giving ammo to the fanatics?



    • I don’t know, that seems like a bit of a slippery slope. By the same argument, I shouldn’t wear lowcut tops or high heels, because some women are forced to wear them. Which is an argument some feminists make, that women shouldn’t wear revealing clothing because some women are oppressed into wearing it. But there has to be some element of choice, right? There has to be a recognized difference between someone doing something of their free will and by force. The outfit itself is not evil, it is the force that makes it evil, whether it is a mini skirt or a Niqab. And conversely, if Salman Rushdie (or other well-meaning westerners like the French government) force women to NOT where the Hijab or the Niqab, isn’t that then also wrong?

      There would be an extreme situation where you could argue that it is truly not possible for anybody to make this choice. Again, this is an argument some feminist scholars/activists make about sex work. That it is not something anyone would choose to do, so even the most “free will” situation is still with some hidden element of force. But I don’t know if the Niqab crosses that line.

      On Thu, Feb 7, 2019 at 6:35 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:



      • Hmmm…this debate is so complex…no matter what a woman wears she is screwed #malepriviledge. How can we help make a society where a woman can just wear what she wants (niqab or miniskirt) without it raising all these connotations? Do feminists by analyzing and discussing the clothes just increasing the layers of symbolism attached to female clothing? Should we start ignoring women’s clothes until it no longer means anything?

        P.S. I am currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Consumer Psychology at Cornell University, specifically writing my thesis on how the variability of moral views influences consumption patterns in an economy….so this debate is particularly fascinating for me…


        • Ooo, I am going to add you to my mental rolodex of commentators with special knowledge! I like it when there is someone I can call on for particular opinions in particular arenas. If I ever form the DCIB University of Pop Culture, you can be our Consumer Culture person.

          On Thu, Feb 7, 2019 at 7:36 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:



        • Don’t you think a bit of this comes from social conditioning too? Some of the women who performed Sati in olden days also did so on their own.While noone can deny anyone’s choice to do anything including killing oneself,I am also wondering(just wondering) what makes women choose to cover their face or kill themselves just because their husbands died. The whys deserve more attention & debate than saying outright- no,this is wrong.


          • I was thinking about that too. I knew a few women who wore a hijab well enough for them to talk about why they did it. One of them started wearing it after 9/11 as a way of reclaiming her Muslim identity away from Al-Quida, and from racist Americans. Another wore it just because she always had and she felt naked without it. None of them were wearing it for their parents, at least not directly (the “I feel naked without it” was conditioning from always having worn it, so I guess that could be traced back to her family). I knew them in college where they could easily have done whatever they wanted and no one would have judged them, or told their families, or anything. I’ve never known anyone who wore a Niqab well enough to ask them, but I have to think there is a similar combination of possible reasons, as unique as there are people who make the choice to wear it or not wear it.

            And it’s not like Islam is the only religion with distinctive clothing items. I live in an orthodox Jewish neighborhood and I am surrounded by woman following restrictive clothing rules. And also men and boys now that I think about it. There isn’t an easy answer for it, I am sure some of the women around me didn’t want to shave their heads after marriage, but I have no idea how I from the outside could tell the difference between the ones who did and the ones who didn’t. I have to just trust their judgement.

            On Thu, Feb 7, 2019 at 10:40 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:



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